Sad end for Sordo

Suspected alternator problem robs Dani Sordo and Ford of well deserved third in Argentina

Dani Sordo has thanked Ford for the chance to take in Rally Argentina last weekend, despite the massive disappointment at the end.

Sordo, who was standing in for the injured Jari-Matti Latvala, put in a superb performance and ran in the top-three virtually throughout. However unfortunately he was forced out with a suspected alternator problem just 4km from the end of the 502km rally, the longest WRC round for almost a decade.

“At the finish of the penultimate stage there were alarms flashing in the car indicating a battery problem,” he explained. “We started the final stage but less than 1km into the test the car stopped.”

Despite that though, he was still encouraged by his form and rightly so, given he had only had a one-day test prior to the event with the Fiesta RS WRC car.

“It's a disappointing way to finish, but the weekend was a good experience,” he continued. “I was happy with my performance. Finishing was our goal so not to do so was sad, but it was good working with the team.

"I'd like to thank Ford and M-Sport for giving me the opportunity to drive the Fiesta RS WRC. I really loved the car and really enjoyed my four days of Rally Argentina.”

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was impressed with how the Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC man performed.

“Dani did a perfect job and it was desperately sad for him to retire so close to the finish. The fact that the voltage in the car was so low indicates it was an alternator problem,” he added.

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Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team

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April 30, 2012 2:09 PM

Firstly can i just straigten out the comment by Rorhlwind above: Petter won Cosica in 2003 or 2004 so he is certainly not one dimensional, he is still capable of podiums on Asphalt as well as wins on gravel and he is certainly not past it, he has been the backbone of Fords 2012 season so far Secondly : Dani would not be a better choice than Solberg, Solberg was Leading in Argentina when yet again the Fiesta suspension broke while leading a WRC Rally. Dani is a very good driver and the final result was a shame but I know Petter will win a WRC Rally this year Maybe if Jari Matti signs with VW Dani will move to Ford, especially if Prodrive dont get a sponsor for 2013, but Ford wont stand a chance in 2013 unless they have a Driver with the speed of Jari Matti

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April 30, 2012 8:05 PM

Had to laugh at Rorhlwind's comment, if you take Seb out of the equation Petter's the best of the rest in this years Championship so far Not really one dimensional either considering he's won on all surfaces Yeah JML may be quicker but it's not really speed that matters if all you do is end with a wrecked car somewhere in the bushes.

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